Language Placement

Language Placement Exams

Any student who hopes to study a language with which they have some familiarity (whether through formal classroom study or through significant exposure to the language through extended stay abroad or through use in your family) is invited to take a language placement test. For information on AP credits, please see this website

Please consult the list directly below for more information about placement tests. You may direct any questions about placement exams to the faculty member listed for each language.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Please contact [email protected] in the Center for Language Studies. 

To meet the faculty, please check out this video.

ARABIC         

Placement tests are administered individually in the early days of the semester. Please address questions regarding placement in Second Year Arabic-ARAB0300 to [email protected]; in Third Year Arabic - ARAB0500 & ARAB0850 to [email protected]; in Advanced Arabic ARAB0700 to [email protected], or contact [email protected]

CHINESE

Anyone who has any background in Chinese is required to take the placement test, including those who have taken or submitted their SAT or AP tests scores. Please view the information on this document before accessing the exams here: Simplified Version or Traditional Version. Learn more about the course from the faculty by watching these videos: CHIN0100, CHIN0300, CHIN0350, CHIN0500, CHIN0700, Business Chinese CHIN0920D.

Please contact [email protected] in East Asian Studies with any questions.

CZECH

Please contact [email protected] in the Slavic Studies Department.

Learn more about the Czech program in this short video.

FRENCH

The Brown Placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Please review the following links for information and access to the language placement exams: https://www.brown.edu/academics/french-studies/language-placement.

You can meet one of the faculty members from French in this video.

GERMAN

Please log on to canvas to take the online German placement testYou may take the placement test at anytime during the summer or semester.  Please contact [email protected] with questions. Students who have received a 5 in the German AP should enroll in GRMN0500.

Check out what [email protected] is all about in this video.

MODERN GREEK

Please contact [email protected] in the Department of Classics.

Have a look at this video to learn why you should start learning Modern Greek at Brown.

HEBREW

Please contact [email protected] in Judaic Studies.

HINDI-URDU

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact [email protected] at the Center for Language Studies. Students wishing to start Hindi at Brown should register for HNDI0100 in the fall. 

ITALIAN

The Italian Language Placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably at the beginning of each semester. It has both written and oral components - please contact [email protected] in Italian Studies.

JAPANESE

The Japanese Placement Exam will help you decide which course is right for you. Please contact atsuko_borgmann in East Asian Studies with any questions. Get to know your instructors and the Japanese Language Program in this video.

KOREAN

Under the tab for Korean on the East Asian Studies page, you may find out information about the placement test.  Please contact [email protected] in East Asian Studies.

LATIN and ANCIENT GREEK

Please contact [email protected].

NAHUATL Please email [email protected] for more information.
PERSIAN

Persian will not be offered in Academic Year 2020-21.

PORTUGUESE

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period.  Please contact [email protected] in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

RUSSIAN

Dates, times, and formats for placement exams are TBD and will be updated here as soon as they are confirmed. Please contact [email protected] in Slavic Studies with questions.

SPANISH

The Brown Placement exam for Spanish can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Please review the following links for information and access to the language placement exams: https://www.brown.edu/academics/hispanic-studies/language-placementFor a list of faculty, please click here

TURKISH

Placement tests are administered individually. Please contact [email protected] at the Center for Language Studies for more information about any of our Turkish courses.  Students interested in starting Turkish should enroll in Intensive Turkish TKSH0110 that is offered in Spring 2021.

Learn more about the Turkish program in this video.

YORUBA Beginning Yoruba will be offered in the academic year 2020-21.